As you brush and floss your teeth, you may notice a bit of red mixed in with the toothpaste that you spit out. Despite the fact that most people recognize when their gums are bleeding, it often doesn’t seem like such a bad thing, especially since bleeding gums rarely hurt. However, along with redness and inflammation, bleeding gums are a significant sign of gingivitis, and if ignored, gum disease may be imminent. Given the significant impact that gum disease can have on your oral and overall health, it’s important to listen when your bleeding gums are trying to tell you something.
Why Gums Bleed
The reason why consistently brushing and flossing your teeth is so important is because they (and your gums) are constantly under threat from harmful oral bacteria. Left alone, oral bacteria stick to your teeth and gums in the form of plaque, releasing harmful substances that attack your teeth and gums. In the case of gum disease, certain bacteria work their underneath your gums, causing the tissues to separate from your teeth and creating pockets for more bacteria to gather. This infection is known as gingivitis—the first stage of gum disease—and the irritation in your gums is the most common reason for them to bleed.
What Can Happen if You Hesitate
Unlike a cavity, gingivitis doesn’t immediately cause dental pain; therefore, many patients ignore the condition until it develops into severe gum disease, leading to complications like tooth loss. As it progresses, gum disease erodes the tissues that surround and support your teeth roots, as well as the jawbone in which your teeth roots are embedded. Over time, gum disease can leave one or more of your teeth without adequate support, making the disease the most prevalent cause of tooth loss.
If Your Gums Bleed, then Call Us Today!
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth, then schedule an examination with us as soon as possible to help prevent extensive dental damage from gum disease. To learn more, call our family dental office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.